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Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, 1839-1892
One Hundred Aspects of the Moon: no. 88, Pleasure is this, to lie cool under the moonflower bower, the man in his undershirt, the woman in her slip
(Tsuki hyakushi: tanoshimi wa, yugaodana no, yusuzumi, otoko wa tetera, me wa futa no shie)

signed Yoshitoshi with artist's seal Yoshitoshi, engraver's mark Yamamoto, and published by Akiyama Buemon, ca. 1890
oban tate-e 13 7/8 by 9 1/2 in., 35.2 by 24.1 cm
This composition endearingly portrays a peasant couple and their infant relaxing under yugao flowers. The design is similar to and perhaps inspired by the famous painting of a peasant family under an arbor of yugao flowers by Kusumi Morikage (1620-1690). Both the shared use of the yugao flower, a gourd-vine with the literal translation "evening face" and "moonflower," and the empathetic portrayal of the peasant family link these two compositions together. The couple is enjoying this late summer evening informally upon a bamboo mat. The man reclines, singing and drinking a cup of sake, while his wife cradles their child with her slip pulled down.
Reference:
John Stevenson, Yoshitoshi's One Hundred Aspects of the Moon, 2001, cat. no. 88
price: $ 650